The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946

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JANET ROY
TO YOUNG Tod Roy, a mining engineer fresh from Ohio, his
first view of Laredo, Texas, as seen from the arcades of
the dried yellow brick railroad station on a summer morning
in 1895, was like a glimpse into another world. He looked
carefully at the palm trees, mesquite, and huisache lining the
broad street, at the adobe and dried brick houses a story in
height and sprawled out for coolness. This was the county seat,
the site of the International Bridge into Mexico, the last town
before he reached the end of his journey into the wild border-
lands of the Rio Grande. He took another long look before he
turned and walked back through the station to tracks on the
other side, where he boarded the stuffy little passenger car of
the International and Great Northern's branch line that would
carry him to Minera-Minera, Texas. It had a beautiful, rolling
sound, which the young man was beginning to find character-
istic of all Spanish words. Appleton's Spanish-English, English-
Spanish Dictionary, tucked securely under his arm, stated that
"minera" meant "mine which contains metals."
As the little train wheezed, screeched, and finally got off to
a chugging start, Tod Roy settled himself as comfortably as
possible so that he might not miss any of the view from the
dusty, fly-specked windows. He wondered idly who had thought
up the name "Minera." Possibly it was selected by some long-
deceased member of the Texas and New Ireland Land Company,
which was supposed to have been exporting coal from the
region before the days of the Texas Republic, or perhaps it
had been the idea of Governor Hunt, the Colorado owner and
organizer of the Rio Grande Coal Company. At any rate, a
contract for the position of "Superintendent of Mines, Minera,
Texas" was neatly folded into Tod Roy's inner coat pocket. He
wondered why no one had bothered with the coal for nearly
xDavid White and others, "Contributions to Economic Geology: Short
Papers and Preliminary Reports" (George H. Ashley, The Santo Tomas
Cannel Coal, Webb County, Texas), in Bulletin 691 (Part II, Mineral
Fuels) of the U. S. Geological Survey, pp. 251-270; see also George H.
Ashley, "Cannel Coal in the United States," in Bulletin 659 of the United
States Geological Survey, pp. 121-122.

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146056/. Accessed October 25, 2014.